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Burfict’s suspension is second-longest ever for on-field actions

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The news that Vontaze Burfict has lost his appeal of his three-game suspension means that Burfict will serve the second-longest suspension in NFL history for an on-field action.

All of the NFL’s most lengthy suspensions have been for misconduct away from the field, like failing a drug test or gambling on games. The longest suspension ever for an on-field incident came when Albert Haynesworth was suspended Titans defensive tackle Albert Haynesworth was suspended five games for stomping on the head of Cowboys center Andre Gurode in 2006. That suspension came only a month after Roger Goodell was named commissioner, and it announced that Goodell would have a different approach to league discipline.

Since then, only two players have received a suspension longer than one game for an on-field infraction: Ndamukong Suh for stomping on Evan Dietrich-Smith, and Brandon Meriweather for multiple helmet-to-helmet hits.

The length of Burfict’s suspension comes as a result of his status as a repeat offender, as well as (though the league wouldn’t admit this) the fact that his violations came during a high-profile playoff game. Burfict is now the second player in NFL history to be suspended more than two games for an on-field action.

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  1. mikermiker says: Feb 12, 2016 6:43 AM

    While Burficts is a pretty long suspension, how will Brady’s 4 game suspension look when its reinstated soon? Was his considered an on field action because his cheating helped them win games?

  2. troy43mvp says: Feb 12, 2016 6:48 AM

    Burfict has been knee seeking career threatening dirty piece of trash every year of his on field actions.

  3. flash1287 says: Feb 12, 2016 6:52 AM

    He’s a dirt ball that can play football.

  4. steelpenguin6687 says: Feb 12, 2016 7:31 AM

    Here we go….again!

  5. John Harbaugh Is A Sad, Whiney Middle Aged Woman says: Feb 12, 2016 7:34 AM

    Should’a been longer, should’a been sooner. Dude tried to paralyze someone for life, intentionally. As a double-whammy he cost Cincinnati a shot at finally getting the playoff monkey off their back. Run him out of the NFL on rails. Good riddance to bad trash.

  6. mrpkg says: Feb 12, 2016 7:36 AM

    He is lucky it is only three games.

    He should also have to stay out a game for every game Brown and Williams missed.

  7. tonebones says: Feb 12, 2016 7:44 AM

    If you’ve been following the Lawrence Phillips story, it’s a sad one. Like with Burfict, there were a lot of NFL teams that completely took Phillips off their draft boards because of his violent history. If Burfict doesn’t get some good help, I don’t think his story will have a happy ending.

  8. shlort says: Feb 12, 2016 7:45 AM

    Too bad Burfict has such mental issues. He is a good player when he is not displaying a disregard for player safety. Maybe the NFL should be mandating mental health help for players to go along with the fines and suspensions?

  9. claydefayette says: Feb 12, 2016 7:45 AM

    Hmmm, no Steelers in there…

  10. switchwitch59 says: Feb 12, 2016 7:46 AM

    Good, it was just as bad as the stompers and the battering ram. Dirty play, dirty player.

  11. 6superbowls says: Feb 12, 2016 7:52 AM

    Complete lack of respect for the game. Repeat offender. Should have been more. NFL discipline = weak.

  12. marcuswelby1 says: Feb 12, 2016 7:54 AM

    Next up Talib.

  13. patriottony says: Feb 12, 2016 7:57 AM

    STILL NOT ENUFF. You have players openly stating they intend to hurt players,,(LIKE TALIB),,and they blow off punishments…”TALIB”: Yeah I don’t care I got a ring!!

  14. rutchaser says: Feb 12, 2016 8:00 AM

    I’m a Bengals fan and he deserves it. He should have been suspended for a year after twisting player’s ankles 2 years ago. He is a great linebacker but the Bengals were 6 – 0 without him and 6 – 5 with him. He killed them in OT against the Broncos with his late hit and cost them the playoff game against Pitt. I love the way he plays linebacker but guys like this always cost you in the end.

  15. musicfootballprogramming says: Feb 12, 2016 8:01 AM

    Makes sense that it’s 75% of the punishment for not deflating footballs.

    HEY, IT’S WHAT WE DO HERE.

  16. chasezdad16 says: Feb 12, 2016 8:08 AM

    The only problem I have with this suspension (As well as most of goodell’s suspensions in the NFL) is that it’s completely reactionary. Yeah burfict made some bone headed plays over the end of the season but none of them seemed to be worthy of a suspension until the hit in the playoff game, which wasn’t even as bad a hit as the hit on Maxx Williams. No consistency whatsoever.

  17. dirtdawg54 says: Feb 12, 2016 8:12 AM

    So the suspension after this one will be the longest ever one then?

  18. joe6606 says: Feb 12, 2016 8:16 AM

    Should’ve gotten a year ban

  19. dacatindahat says: Feb 12, 2016 8:25 AM

    when (Steeler) Hines Ward broke (Bengal) Keith Rivers jaw and ended his season he was not suspended…when (Steeler) Terence Garvin broke (Bengal) Kevin Huber’s jaw and ended his season he was not suspended…when (Steeler) Kimo Von Olhoffen dove at (Bengal) Carson Palmers knee and blew his knee out he was not suspended…when (Steeler) Ryan Shazier speared (Bengal) Giovani Bernard with the crown of his helmet, he was not suspended…

    not defending Burfict, just pointing out the dramatic difference with which the NFL doles out justice…

  20. stableinoceanside says: Feb 12, 2016 8:26 AM

    Repeatedly spearing players in front a pack of refs and 20,000,000 fans….3 games. Being “Generally aware” of a scheme to deflate footballs that 5th grade science teachers know was wrong…4 games.

    #Roger must go

  21. hess97 says: Feb 12, 2016 8:27 AM

    How was Burfict’s actions worse Baby Beckham’s headhunting tirade against Carolina this season?

    Oh that’s right, the Rooneys and the Maras run this league.

  22. brewster1 says: Feb 12, 2016 8:36 AM

    He’s trouble with a capital T and that rhymes with P and that stands for…whatever you want it to.

  23. 6andcounting says: Feb 12, 2016 8:43 AM

    Kid has a ton of talent. Curious if he can change the way he plays.

  24. dryzzt23 says: Feb 12, 2016 8:44 AM

    So what? Burfict EARNED his suspension. He hurt his team big time, and cost his teammates a ton of money b/c he is such a bonehead.
    I would never want idiots like Burfict and Pacman on my team b/c they are extremely selfish and stupid players.

  25. jm91rs says: Feb 12, 2016 8:47 AM

    He’s deserving of a suspension but this is obviously excessive since that game (and the steelers games before it) were so high profile and sloppy.

  26. jamaltimore says: Feb 12, 2016 8:49 AM

    Interesting burfict gets 3 games for hitting a steeler hard while ole Pig Ben gets reduced penalty of 2 games for attempted rape of a college girl. Only in the NFL where hitting someone used to be legal.

  27. doctorrustbelt says: Feb 12, 2016 8:52 AM

    You have to give antonio brown some of the credit for Vontaze Burfict’s long suspension.

    If antonio brown didn’t whine and cry like a little girl… the NFL front office wouldn’t have been pressured into overreacting with a long suspension.

    Way to go, little lady.

  28. mayday2626 says: Feb 12, 2016 8:52 AM

    Absolute garbage!

  29. Moyda says: Feb 12, 2016 8:52 AM

    And more suspensions will come as he’s straight up cray-cray.

  30. floridaraven says: Feb 12, 2016 8:55 AM

    I am so glad this guy chose Cincy over Baltimore!

  31. concrete998 says: Feb 12, 2016 8:56 AM

    Word association for me; suspension equals, Goodell is the biggest loser that has ever been involved in any sport ever… ever!!!

    I can’t read this stuff and think; four game suspension, first and fourth rounder and one million big ones!!! And there is NO evidence. Lord help me please??

  32. dtroxallday says: Feb 12, 2016 9:00 AM

    Just curious, but if the league won’t admit that the infractions occurred during a high-profile playoff game, what makes you suggest it? Besides, why would the league “admit” that? Is it a secret or something?

  33. getakluwe says: Feb 12, 2016 9:04 AM

    Should have been more.

  34. devildog911 says: Feb 12, 2016 9:09 AM

    Should’ve been a year.

  35. laxer37 says: Feb 12, 2016 9:13 AM

    Dude was out of control in college and is out of control in the NFL.

    He’s a great talent when he ‘s able to keep his cool, but it’s too easy for negative events in a game to cause him to come unglued.

    He won’t ever change so more lengthy suspensions are coming the next time everything doesn’t go his way on the field.

  36. tmsclade says: Feb 12, 2016 9:16 AM

    chasezdad16 says:
    Feb 12, 2016 8:08 AM

    The only problem I have with this suspension (As well as most of goodell’s suspensions in the NFL) is that it’s completely reactionary. Yeah burfict made some bone headed plays over the end of the season but none of them seemed to be worthy of a suspension until the hit in the playoff game, which wasn’t even as bad a hit as the hit on Maxx Williams. No consistency whatsoever.
    ____________________________________________

    So, just to clarify, you think that the NFL should suspend people proactively rather than reactively? As in, they should suspend them before they break the rule, like an NFL Minority Report type of justice?

    Of course a punishment is reactive. A violation has to occur before the suspension.

  37. laxer37 says: Feb 12, 2016 9:18 AM

    hess97 says:

    How was Burfict’s actions worse Baby Beckham’s headhunting tirade against Carolina this season?

    ————

    Quite simple actually. Burfict has a history if this behavior dating back to college. He drew more personal fouls than any other player in the entire league this season and received multiple fines for it.

    Isolated incident for Beckham.

    Unfortunately those details don’t fit your ridiculous narrative.

  38. swagger52 says: Feb 12, 2016 9:34 AM

    Guaranteed…Scheduling will change Ravens playing Bengals always early in schedule to be after 3rd game. Whereas Patriots will play Bengals early.

  39. swagger52 says: Feb 12, 2016 9:35 AM

    Delfate a ball to cheat the game – no suspension
    Deflate a head during the game – 3 games
    Deflate Cam’s ego in SB – Priceless

  40. theroc5156 says: Feb 12, 2016 9:36 AM

    Burfict deserves to be suspended. I have no issue with that. The three games is due to more than just his late hit on Brown. That said, I’m just curious when will the suspensions for Cody Wallace, Matt Spaeth, David DeCastro, Mike Munchak and Joey Porter be announced?

  41. plum54 says: Feb 12, 2016 9:40 AM

    Unbelievable posters still believe there was tampering in the 2015 AFC game. Guess despite MIT, 60 minutes sports & the NY Times ALL saying it didn’t happen they still believe the erroneous PSI levels!

  42. eaglesw00t says: Feb 12, 2016 9:42 AM

    stableinoceanside says:
    Feb 12, 2016 8:26 AM

    Repeatedly spearing players in front a pack of refs and 20,000,000 fans….3 games. Being “Generally aware” of a scheme to deflate footballs that 5th grade science teachers know was wrong…4 games.

    #Roger must go

    —————

    I hate the Patriots. I partially feel they cheated the Eagles out of a SB in 2004. But McNabb choked that one away, no doubt…

    But this is what I come back to. Burfict has had multiple issues, and this time blatantly went at Browns head when the ball was clearly past him. He could have killed him with that hit.

    And he seriously only gets 3 games, when Brady gets 4 for being “generally aware” of footballs being 12psi instead of 12.5? For real? This is a darn joke

  43. cincy85 says: Feb 12, 2016 9:46 AM

    Steelers fans are funny y’all are crying so hard for him to get more when your the dirtiest team in the nfl. Get over it. Can’t wait to see tez finish the job next year

  44. Mo Pro Babble says: Feb 12, 2016 9:51 AM

    Can’t wait for March 3rd, gonna be a lot of sad Hateroids.

  45. steelerben says: Feb 12, 2016 9:54 AM

    Burfict, when he can remain composed, is one of the better line backers in the league. Unfortunately, when he loses his composure, he makes poor decisions that hurt his team. If this suspension is enough to give him the wake up call to get some anger management under his belt, or maybe to just do some Tai Chi and chill out, then it will all be for the best.

    The reasons that Burfict picked up a three game suspension for his hit and Shazier didn’t get suspended for his:

    1) Burfict has a history. Look no further than his hit on Max Williams to establish the pattern. He disregards player safety when he feels slighted or disrespected and that doesn’t fly in today’s NFL.

    2) Shazier’s hit, while looking much worse, was a legal hit that was not even flagged. He did not launch, nor did he lower his helmet to make the contact. Bernard was established as a runner, which is why it was a fumble and not an incomplete pass. Be angry with the rules on when you can hit someone in the head and when you can’t.

    I’d like to see all head hunting taken out of the game (Mike Mitchell, I’m looking at you), but you can’t take away all helmet to helmet hits because of the nature of the game. You have to target the ones that are clearly done with malice to get them out of the game.

  46. chasezdad16 says: Feb 12, 2016 9:54 AM

    So, just to clarify, you think that the NFL should suspend people proactively rather than reactively? As in, they should suspend them before they break the rule, like an NFL Minority Report type of justice?

    Of course a punishment is reactive. A violation has to occur before the suspension.
    ——————————————————
    No, what I’m saying is the supsensions have no consistency. let’s take Ray Rice for example…His original suspension was two games until when? TMZ showed the video, then it was a full season. If you’re going to suspend players, have a valid and KNOWN formula in place. OBJ had plenty of offenses and personal fouls before he launched himself into another player, where’s his 3 game suspension?

  47. TebowedOutOfThePostSeasonAndNeverToReturn says: Feb 12, 2016 10:00 AM

    Obviously, Rooney is pulling the strings. That’s why they won’t suspend Shazier, Porter or Munchak, whose actions were far more egregious than Burfict. Actually, Burfict should be suspended for prolonging the Steelers misery — making them think they were a playoff caliber team only to fly to Denver and confront the ghost of Tim Tebow. LOL.

  48. eslaught says: Feb 12, 2016 10:01 AM

    So Talib’s upcoming suspension should be the longest ever? He has a history, he was already suspended during this season, and it came during the MOST high profile game of the year. Can’t wait for the NFL to drop the ball and not suspend Talib. No consistency in this league whatsoever.

  49. PFT loves the Steelers says: Feb 12, 2016 10:07 AM

    James Harrison headhunted for an eternity and got what, two games that was reduced to one game? After knocking out two players in one game with helmet to helmet shots.
    OBJ launches into a dude’s head with his head after the play and gets 1 game.
    Antonio Brown kicks a punter in the face and gets no suspension.
    Cody Wallace torpedos his head into another guy’s head after the play and gets no suspension.
    Ryan Shazier slams the crown of his helmet into a guy’s face and the NFL doesn’t even fine him.
    Ben Roethlisberger gets a 6 game suspension reduced to 4 for rape.
    Ray Rice gets suspended 2 games for knocking a woman unconscious and then dragging her around like a doll.
    Suh stomps on a guy after a play for the second time, and gets only 1 game reduced to a fine.
    Steelers player tweets death threats at Burfict, not even a fine.
    Mike Munchak yanks a player’s hair on the sideline? 10k.
    Joey Porter goes on the field, picks a fight, and changes a playoff game’s results? 10k.

    Vontaze Burfict goes shoulder to helmet during a bang-bang play and gets 3 games with no reduction on his first ever suspension.

    Seems legit.

  50. rootpain says: Feb 12, 2016 10:10 AM

    It’s already been said elsewhere, Millennial Affluenza & Arrogance Syndrome is spreading across the globe. Too many to name just in the NFL but carriers certainly include Cam, Manziel, Burdick and Talib (whose suspension is coming next). But sadly, the CDC is reporting that this level 5 contagion, (no cure, extremely contagious, can use any cell as a host cell) is once again mutating. Now even host cells like the infamous Mikey Mikey blogger cell can be inflicted with MA&AS, even if he has no reason to be arrogant. Surely the contagion causing this syndrome is uniquely sinister and needs to be addressed and eradicated.

  51. jmoney74 says: Feb 12, 2016 10:27 AM

    Time to just kick these guys out of the league.. what’s the difference between them and say.. Ray Rice? Just guys trying to assault people

  52. udontknowjaq says: Feb 12, 2016 10:40 AM

    When are Bengals fans gonna stop crying about the Steelers? Burfict has a history of on field stupidness! No amount of whining about Steelers players not getting suspended, is gonna have people side with you. It’s no conspiracy the Bengals are what they are a team that hasn’t done anything in the franchise whole history. Many generations of Bungal play. The Steekers a half a century of greatness.. Get some cheese for that whine..

  53. peytonwantsaflag says: Feb 12, 2016 10:46 AM

    They are making an example of him because he’s a Bengal. The owner is not in the good old boy club.

  54. 69goatboy says: Feb 12, 2016 10:48 AM

    Still waiting for Shazier’s suspension for a spear to the helmet on Bernard. Established runner or not, spearing is still illegal, especially to the head as Shazier had done.

    If nest season’s Cincy-Pitt game was in week 3, VB would have received a 2 game suspension, if it was in week 5: a 4 game suspension. NFL hypocrisy at it’s finest.

  55. floriohatesthebengals says: Feb 12, 2016 10:50 AM

    He will come back and be one of the best players in the league again. If this happened against any other team than the NFLs beloved Steelers it wouldn’t even be an issue. Goodell always protects them.

  56. ineptguy8 says: Feb 12, 2016 10:51 AM

    I love all the Bengals fans crying on here. Omg they didn’t suspend Steelers player X, Y & Z for the same things. Never mind that all the hits the mention were completely legal at the time they happened. That is like saying lets go back and fine and suspend every single player from before the 80’s because they used headslaps.

    It’s also hilarious with the continual bitching about Porter too. Every other time there is a serious injury, coaches all over the field. Even the Bengals did it early that game. But your dumbass player goes nuts and all of the sudden there are people crying. These are just a few of the reasons why the Bengals are and will forever remain the Bungles.

  57. xinellum says: Feb 12, 2016 11:20 AM

    My bet is before all his said and done, he will hold the record.

  58. nhpats says: Feb 12, 2016 11:24 AM

    Hey Bengals fans…..why the heck was Hill running the ball and giving the Steelers any chance to recover a turnover? The game was all but over….but between the fumble and two personal fouls by out-of-control idiots…..the Bengals found a way to lose. Burfict’s suspension is the least of this team’s problems….

  59. ajigel says: Feb 12, 2016 11:38 AM

    2) Shazier’s hit, while looking much worse, was a legal hit that was not even flagged. He did not launch, nor did he lower his helmet to make the contact.
    ——

    Shazier is 6′-1″, yet somehow hit hit the Gio (who’s 5′-9″) in the facemask with the top of his helmet. Please tell me how this isn’t possible without lowering your helmet.

    Also, I assume you think the flag Williams got earlier in the game should have been picked up, right?

  60. jtbsteeler says: Feb 12, 2016 11:44 AM

    You Bungle fans actually think the Steelers are going to forget what Burfict did the next time they play? Burfict will be the reason they continue to lay butt whippings on you.

    15-3 in Paul Brown stadium. As Maury would say,

    “Yes, we are the father”.

  61. johnc44 says: Feb 12, 2016 11:48 AM

    I never seen so many cry baby B****** in one place in my life. Guys making millions playing a game and because somebody hit someone 1 second later than they should have he`s a criminal and should be banished. what a joke. We have to make new rules to protect these guys from themselves because they are indangering themselves while trying to make enough money to set their families up for life but we can have millions of people kill themselves smoking cigarettes and that`s OK. What a bunch of hypocrites!
    If football is to rough for them don`t play.If it`s too rough for you don`t watch but save the fake outrage for things that really matter.

  62. jmc8888 says: Feb 12, 2016 11:56 AM

    Did it in HS
    Did it in College
    Doing it in the NFL

    Not just being a moron, but destroying his teams’ season. Like the Bengals and ASU.

    Remember this is the guy who was going after fellow USC recruit Matt Barkley’s knees in high school. You know the guy who was going to be the starting QB for his team. Still had to try to hurt him. Of course, he later went to ASU, but at the time, he was going to go to USC and he was trying to hurt his future teammate.

    Of course with him, it’s always someone else’s fault… like his coaches that protected him. It’s THEIR fault, not his…. according to his crazy head. That’s what he told GM’s at the combine… after showing up fat and with pot in his system (even though he knew they would be testing).

    Sure he could turn it around, but he’s going to be scrutinized for the rest of his career in the NFL, and from here on out the penalties HE WILL (not if) get are going to be harsher and harsher.

    I wouldn’t doubt that at some point he’ll miss an entire season due to suspension for on the field actions.

    He hasn’t learned so far, and people have been trying to reach him for approximately the past decade. Like Manziel… but in a different way.

  63. johnc44 says: Feb 12, 2016 12:00 PM

    And speaking hypocrites it`s funny seeing the same Steeler fans who supported James Harrison when he was the NFL`s poster child for the exact same stuff try to dog Bengal fans who are doing the exact same thing they did. Total hypocrites!

  64. nhpats says: Feb 12, 2016 12:00 PM

    johnc44 …you crying bro?

  65. johnnyb1976 says: Feb 12, 2016 12:03 PM

    It’s funny how Aqib Talib can admit to yanking a player down by his face mask on purpose which can potentially break a neck, and you hear nothing from the NFL( Talib poked a colts player eyes out and was suspended already ) but the NFL is silent. Vontaze is a old school player that lets his emotions get the better of his team and does something stupid and gets Roger Godell’s wrath. Seems fair right?

  66. johnc44 says: Feb 12, 2016 12:10 PM

    nhpats says:
    Feb 12, 2016 12:00 PM

    johnc44 …you crying bro?

    —————————————————-
    Not at all, I`m complaining about how soft our entire country has gotten. Football is just the latest. Wrap everyone in bubble wrap and play flag football if you want but if you think people are going to keep paying hundreds of dollars to watch powder puff football your wrong. If the hitting keeps being taken out of the game people will just spend $5 on a high school game to watch football because their won`t be much of a difference soon.

  67. melikefootball says: Feb 12, 2016 12:11 PM

    What I saw on my TV he deserves this. Bengals fans are blinded and coming up with a lot of excuses, it is a shame but this guy and Pac Man caused your team a chance to move on, you can’t Point fingers at any other person but these two.

  68. swagger52 says: Feb 12, 2016 12:15 PM

    The problem with the refs and the NFL distributing justice is that it is never even. It always favors the Patriots and the Steelers. The Ravens would get the penalized 15 yards during the game, changing the outcome, but then the NFL later makes the right call and doesn’t fine the Ravens player. The Steelers will knock a guy out, not be penalized during the game to affect the game, but then later be fined.

    After the Steelers illegal hit that knocked out Benard, you know Burfict the goon was going to return the favor. That brand of justice has a way of preventing this in the future, if officiated the same. Given that the Steelers were rewarded and the Bengals severely penalized, this just breeds contempt and more problems.

  69. nopepper123 says: Feb 12, 2016 12:25 PM

    Well, we can be like Antonio Brown and kick a defenseless defender in the face on a punt return and not get suspended. Or R. Shazier can sever Gio’s head and move on without even a fine. 3 game suspension is seriously ridiculous. Bengal fans know it’s not the end of the world as he missed 8 games last year and we found a way to get by……..oh ya, we didn’t lose 1 game in his absense.

  70. theageofquarrel says: Feb 12, 2016 12:33 PM

    Pittsburgh Steelers = Owners of the Bungles since their inception

  71. mborz says: Feb 12, 2016 12:43 PM

    Bengals fans can continue crying foul all they want. But if they were smart, they actually would have wished that a Burfict suspension happened sooner (which is easily could have since he is a repeat offender).

    Had he gotten suspended earlier, maybe the message finally gets through to him and he doesn’t cost his team a huge game.

    It’s funny, because that was the exact knock on this guy to caused him to go undrafted. And when it actually played out that way, who are they mad at? Everyone but who they should be mad at.

  72. askierslife says: Feb 12, 2016 12:46 PM

    Unfortunately for Steelers fans, Burfict will be back to finish the rest of your whining team off next year, hopefully twice. Call it whatever you want. He’s coming for you. Stillers have no chance of picking a game up against the Bengals next year.

  73. steelerben says: Feb 12, 2016 12:51 PM

    ajigel says:
    Feb 12, 2016 11:38 AM
    2) Shazier’s hit, while looking much worse, was a legal hit that was not even flagged. He did not launch, nor did he lower his helmet to make the contact.
    ——

    Shazier is 6′-1″, yet somehow hit hit the Gio (who’s 5′-9″) in the facemask with the top of his helmet. Please tell me how this isn’t possible without lowering your helmet.

    Also, I assume you think the flag Williams got earlier in the game should have been picked up, right?

    +++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++

    I do think that flag should have been picked up. Williams went shoulder to chest with that hit. Clean, legal, and what he is paid to do. You can understand why the flag was thrown, as the play happened far enough down field as to put the officials out of position to call it correctly, but if they had been allowed to review it on replay, it would have been reversed. As you can’t review penalties (yet) the flag was not picked up, but Williams was correctly not fined for the penalty.

  74. nhpats says: Feb 12, 2016 12:53 PM

    johnc44 says:
    Feb 12, 2016 12:10 PM
    nhpats says:
    Feb 12, 2016 12:00 PM

    johnc44 …you crying bro?

    —————————————————-
    Not at all, I`m complaining about how soft our entire country has gotten. Football is just the latest. Wrap everyone in bubble wrap and play flag football if you want but if you think people are going to keep paying hundreds of dollars to watch powder puff football your wrong. If the hitting keeps being taken out of the game people will just spend $5 on a high school game to watch football because their won`t be much of a difference soon.

    ————————

    Fans want to watch games where the best players are still around to play. They don’t want star players injured due to cheap shots. It would have been a much better game had Antonio Brown played against the Broncos. Hitting is fine as long as it is legal and within the context of the game. Burfict did not need to hit Brown on that play….the ball was already past Brown with no chance of a completion. But Burfict wanted to play the “tough guy”…..and he could have severely injured Brown for no good reason. It was a cheap shot and he is getting what he deserves.

  75. fjd10 says: Feb 12, 2016 12:56 PM

    Burfict is the broncos MVP. Without him in the league and single handedly taking out Steeler players the Broncos would not have been going to the Super Bowl. They nearly lost to Pittsburgh as it was.

  76. chrispin53 says: Feb 12, 2016 1:16 PM

    Other than the ankle twisting on Greg Olsen (which was bad) I really haven’t seen this so called dirty player. He draws flags more for his reputation, than we he does on the field play wise. Laveon Bell, and Big Ben went down on clean hits, and everybody loses their minds. Guess it wasn’t part of the plan

  77. asinghoff says: Feb 12, 2016 1:25 PM

    Vontaze Burfict has exactly one game in his career with multiple personal foul calls. According to everyone in the media as well as Pittsburgh, he is considered a dirty player. So what does that make Antonio Brown, who has 3 games in his career with multiple personal foul calls?

  78. Patskrieg says: Feb 12, 2016 1:43 PM

    The biggest takeaway here is that even with Goodell gets something right, and suspends a guy who deserves it, the public still has to stop and question his whole body of work. It’s the price the Commish pays for living the life of an unethical goon who is content to make things up as he goes.

  79. jasecity says: Feb 12, 2016 1:48 PM

    I am looking for a list of personal fouls by player per year. I would like to see where Burfict is on this list compared to others. If he is at the top of the list then it makes sense, if he is not then it seems odd that he was picked out. That hit on Brown should have been a flag and it was. If any one knows how to compare personal fouls since he entered the league.

  80. zegon6 says: Feb 12, 2016 1:51 PM

    Bell hit = clean , Ben hits = dirty (he goes low or high driving him into the ground attempting to injure) , AB hit = super dirty , celebrating after injuring Bell = dirty , spitting on Steeler players = dirty.

  81. zegon6 says: Feb 12, 2016 1:55 PM

    Jase he had 4 unnecessary roughness calls tied with William Gholston of Tampa in 2015.

  82. uscoach says: Feb 12, 2016 2:05 PM

    He’s a good player but he’s not as good as he seems- If not for his antics I probably would never have heard of him.

  83. jasecity says: Feb 12, 2016 2:11 PM

    Thanks Zegon6. I found a site after posting that, he had 4 in 2015 and 1 in 2014. There was 4 players that had 3 unnecessary roughness calls in 2015. I also looked up roughing the passer because I figured that could be just as bad and I was surprised to see JJ Watt has the most over a two year span of 7.

  84. theroc5156 says: Feb 12, 2016 2:26 PM

    nhpats says:
    Feb 12, 2016 11:24 AM

    Hey Bengals fans…..why the heck was Hill running the ball and giving the Steelers any chance to recover a turnover? The game was all but over….but between the fumble and two personal fouls by out-of-control idiots…..the Bengals found a way to lose. Burfict’s suspension is the least of this team’s problems….

    ____________________________________

    The reason Hill was running the ball at the critical juncture of the game, was because Giovani Bernard was in the concussion protocol from an illegal hit to the head, which was followed by a bunch of Steelers celebrating at midfield as he lay on the ground after the play was whistled dead, and therefore was not allowed to return to the game.

  85. omegalh says: Feb 12, 2016 2:45 PM

    Coming from a hockey background, Burfict did exactly what he should’ve as far as I’m concerned. Pittsburgh intentionally hurt Bernard. Burfict was just policing that action. It happens in hockey all the time and it makes players think twice about hurting another player. 15 yard penalties are a joke.

  86. youknowiknowitall says: Feb 12, 2016 2:53 PM

    After all the goon tactics we’ve all seen from PIT over the years (by the likes of Kimo, Harrison, Shazier, to name just a few), the hypocrisy coming from their fans is head-scratching to say the least.

  87. stoneydog1000 says: Feb 12, 2016 3:04 PM

    I commend the Steelers and Bengals fans for fighting with words and not fighting in the stands and parking lots.

  88. zegon6 says: Feb 12, 2016 3:13 PM

    No problem Jasecity

  89. troy43mvp says: Feb 12, 2016 3:14 PM

    “After all the goon tactics we’ve all seen from PIT over the years (by the likes of Kimo, Harrison, Shazier, to name just a few), the hypocrisy coming from their fans is head-scratching to say the least.”

    Ummmm Carson Palmer even said the Kimo hit was just an unfortunate play for him and didn’t blame Kimo, which by the way was 11 years ago. Shazier hit a runner and was never flagged or fined. Harrison was the first player made to switch the helmet to helmet hitting style through fines and suspension because of the concussion info coming out. Before that, it was just normal football. Oh my favorite is the Bungle fans that whine about a WR kicking your a##. Hines Ward has every Bungle fan crying like …. well like they haven’t won a playoff game in 26 years.

  90. crownofthehelmet says: Feb 12, 2016 3:21 PM

    Let’s face it, all teams have players that cross the line. But only those rare teams have players that have lost 5 playoff games in a row.

  91. m8gaman says: Feb 12, 2016 4:00 PM

    So how long is Talib going to be suspended for?

    His face mask tackle in the SB was at least equally as dangerous.

  92. m8gaman says: Feb 12, 2016 4:08 PM

    mikermiker says:
    Feb 12, 2016 6:43 AM
    While Burficts is a pretty long suspension, how will Brady’s 4 game suspension look when its reinstated soon? Was his considered an on field action because his cheating helped them win games?
    ====================
    Oh you poor misinformed soul…did you not read past Mortensen’s false report? Did you actually take Ted Well’s word for it?

    How sad your life will be when the appeals court throws Goodell’s case, or lack there of, out the window whilst laughing the whole time.

  93. msstiller58 says: Feb 12, 2016 4:12 PM

    James Harrison was such a dirty player the bengals hired him. Lol. Better use a different example….

  94. charliecharger says: Feb 12, 2016 4:34 PM

    It was the refs fault. It was the NFL’s fault. It was Marvin Lewis’ fault. It was Mike Brown’s fault. It was his college coach’s fault for all the trouble on and off the filed he got into in college. It’s Ryan Shazier’s fault. Etc., Etc., Etc. None of it is Burfict’s fault. You know what? Everybody is making up excuses for this guy, and you’re not helping him one bit. I have this feeling that some day his friends are going to regret that they didn’t get him the help he needed. By then it will probably be too late. If you’re his friend, get him some help.

  95. PFT loves the Steelers says: Feb 12, 2016 6:28 PM

    zegon6 says:
    Feb 12, 2016 1:55 PM

    Jase he had 4 unnecessary roughness calls tied with William Gholston of Tampa in 2015.
    _________________

    False. He had 3 according to Football Database. Tied with 5 other players for 2nd place behind Gholston. One of those players was Cody Wallace of the Steelers. The guy who body slammed Burfict this year (no flag of course).

  96. TRsome says: Feb 12, 2016 9:51 PM

    msstiller58 says:
    Feb 12, 2016 4:12 PM
    James Harrison was such a dirty player the bengals hired him. Lol. Better use a different example….

    ——

    You and every other Steeler fan just doesn’t get it. OF COURSE they hired him. You didn’t notice the Bengals’ “fight fire with fire” mentality? Who do you think mentored Burfict? The reason Bengals fans bring up Harrison is to point out the hypocrisy of Steeler Nation – where they celebrate Harrison and condemn Burfict.

    The real reason the Steelers hate Burfict is because he plays like a Steeler.

  97. Moudabo says: Feb 13, 2016 12:50 AM

    It’s all good.
    It was DeCastro who slammed Burfict, with a terrific pancake block.
    No flag though, nor did the block warrant one.

    The real foul that went uncalled, was on Burfict for not being able
    to take it, being mauled, and spat in DeCastro’s face,
    while they were on the ground.

    It wasn’t the only time Burfict has spat on a player.
    How Bengals fans can support this kind of behavior, and
    complain of the perceived unfairness
    of their prince of stripes, is bewildering.

    May DeCastro keep pancaking this ankle twisting, head-hunting,
    spitting vile miscreant, until DeCastro’s pancaking stack count,
    rivals those at the local IHOP’s.

    It’s just so fitting that so many delusional Bengal fans jump
    to the defense of a player, who has been a recidivist offender
    since highschool, and went undrafted.
    Burfict looks good in stripes; the perfect Bengal.

  98. pinwilly6 says: Feb 13, 2016 5:43 AM

    I watched the hit almost hundred times. The hit was not helmet to helmet and his shoulder pads were waist level.

  99. bonniebengal says: Feb 13, 2016 9:48 AM

    Sometimes Burfict gets flagged because he deserves it, but sometimes he gets flagged just for being Burfict. Some of his personal fouls this year were legal hits. That is why I don’t support the two fouls and you’re out idea. That gives the refs and NFL too much control and they could easily get rid of any player they want.

  100. Nofoolnodrool says: Feb 13, 2016 11:06 AM

    swagger52 | Feb 12, 2016, 12:15 PM EST
    The problem with the refs and the NFL distributing justice is that it is never even. It always favors the Patriots and the Steelers. The Ravens would get the penalized 15 yards during the game, changing the outcome, but then the NFL later makes the right call and doesn’t fine the Ravens player. The Steelers will knock a guy out, not be penalized during the game to affect the game, but then later be fined.

    After the Steelers illegal hit that knocked out Benard, you know Burfict the goon was going to return the favor. That brand of justice has a way of preventing this in the future, if officiated the same. Given that the Steelers were rewarded and the Bengals severely penalized, this just breeds contempt and more problems.

    Swagger52 you whine just like your coach…. Did you forget about Ngata breaking Ben’s nose, Lewis breaking Mendenhalls collar bone or Suggs hit in the back on Blount? Being homer is understandable but being a dumb one is not. What breeds contempt is a statue to a felon.

  101. TebowedOutOfThePostSeasonAndNeverToReturn says: Feb 13, 2016 3:47 PM

    Steelers fans have absolutely no room to talk. This is the only team in the NFL that actually pays its coaches to commit personal fouls in addition to the players. Hines Ward, Mike Munchak, Mike Tomlin, James Harrison, Joey Porter. Dirty dirty dirty. Every one of them.

  102. lewisisthebestsincepb says: Feb 13, 2016 6:15 PM

    VB should take goodell and the nfl to court…..

  103. Moudabo says: Feb 13, 2016 7:00 PM

    Nice list. All winners and at least top-5 at their position.
    Two borderline Hall of Famers and one true-blue HOF’er
    who has an impeccable character and outstanding reputation in
    OL coach Mike Munchak. Steelers are lucky to have him.

    But where’s Troy, Farrior and a few others ?

  104. concretejimmy52 says: Feb 14, 2016 7:30 PM

    Bengals 1st four games of 2016…
    Patriots, Steelers, Browns, Ravens. Burfict will return from suspension and spear Flacco in the groin and earhole a WR with no flag. Suggs will return from ACL tear and touch Dalton too hard and get a flag and fine. Steve Smith will have a phantom OPI call. Game over.

  105. ampatsisahypocrite says: Feb 16, 2016 1:22 PM

    The Bungals strategy of “if you can’t beat ’em, hurt ’em” eventually will catch up to them. That day is here. Dirty Burfict will sit out three, meaning the Bungals will have zero chance of beating the Steelers should they meet during that stretch.

    And please Bungals fans, spare me the weak defense of the dirty one. Nobody else has been busted for cheesy stuff like ankle twisting against Carolina.

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